Thursday, October 23, 2014

Love Yourself

Good Morning Beloved Reader.
Let's start this blog off on the right foot, or I guess if you prefer the left foot that's fine too, but let's start by talking about a quote shall we?

 “If you put a small value on yourself, rest as- 
sured that the world will not raise your price.” 

I absolutely love the above quote. 
It makes me think of this scripture;

"Love your neighbor as you LOVE yourself"

We will come back to that later, because
It also makes me think about those two beauties in the above picture.

Why? You ask.

 I have noticed something, I'm not sure when it happened but my girls have turned into young women, and not just ANY young women. They are young women who walk around with a healthy dose of value, self worth, confidence, and wisdom.

It seemed like only yesterday that they were playing with dolls and giving each other rides around the house in the laundry baskets. 
And now they look like this;

The one on the left is only 14 people. 
The one on the right ... well let's not mention how old she's going to be in a few months!

Back to the one on the left...

I'm pretty sure I'm not going to let her wear that red lipstick anymore.
(Insert emoticon with a straight face and eyes wide open)
I'm also pretty sure I want her new favorite accessory of choice to be a brown paper bag with only the eye sockets cut out!!
It's a good thing her dad is a GIANT named Moses or I'd be really worried.
But, you know I'm really not that worried because back to that quote up there this girl, my girl Chloe, has a high value for herself that I'm fairly certain will keep her from most things that most moms would worry about with a 14 year old daughter that looks like she's 

Yes, I'm raising two beautiful girls that not only value themselves but they truly are wise beyond their years. I know with complete certainty that this value and wisdom comes from their personal relationships with Jesus so I'm not about to take credit for it.

But I also know that this world works night and day to try and de-value them. The world and it's message to these young women is working over time to tell them they aren't skinny enough, pretty enough, athletic enough, rich enough, witty enough, smart enough, 

I tire so quickly of that message. 
In fact every new day I need a new message. 
I need to hear that I'm loved, valued, appreciated, honored, treasured and so on and so forth.
 I know that my girls need to hear this as well.
And I would bet my 1966 vw buggy named Lucy Blue that it's a message YOU need to hear as well!

This message raises the price of my value by immeasurable numbers. 
This message is one I can find readily available to me at any given moment. 
It's also where I have read over a thousand times'
"Love your neighbor as YOU LOVE YOURSELF"

A few weeks back my friend who also happens to be a Pastor and a really great teacher, he spoke about loving yourself.
It struck a chord with me because I think that for me it's easier to love my neighbor than it is to love myself.
I don't know about you all but sometimes I need a healthy dose of self love.
Not to become conceited and narcissistic but just to bring back into line my true worth.
I really do think that ONLY after I receive that self love message am I able to truly go out and love my neighbor.

Did you know that you beloved reader were purchased with a price?

Raise your price today.
Love yourself.
Listen to the message that says this;

1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Everyday Jesus sits waiting for us to listen to HIS message for us. 
He tries to speak to us in the trees of bright yellow, and the birds taking flight.
He tries to tell us that he made all of the beautiful things on this earth for us to enjoy and be filled with joy. 

I wonder, are we listening?


Jami H. said...

I absolutely love that David Crowder song! It is an anthem for our family.
I found that loving God for who he IS can really bring you to a place where you can love yourself more. And from there you can really love others for who they are. I love how God is so simple. Love me, love your neighbor, love yourself.

Your girls are some of the greatest girls I know. My prayer for my girls is that they would know who they are in Christ and they would be confident in him alone. Having that solid foundation is SO vital!! Your girls glow with the confidence of Christ, Noel. They are radiant!

Your post was encouraging and brought lots of joy. Thanks for writing! ;)

No(dot dot)el said...

Yes, that song is really SO good! I love it too!! God is awesome, simple and yet so incredibly detailed it will take the rest of my life and then all of eternity and still I won't fully know just how incredible He is. Thank you for saying that about my girls, and I KNOW beyond a shadow of doubt God is hearing those prayers for your girls. Because they have a momma who adores them and keeps pointing them to Jesus they are just as radiant in their cute lil cuteness. Xo Xo
Thank YOU for reading James xo

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